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Capacity, 1) power of containing, extent: “thy c. receiveth as the sea,” Tw. I, 1, 10. “which gifts . . . the c. of your soft cheveril conscience would receive,” H8 II, 3, 31. “had our great palace the c. to camp this host,” Ant. IV, 8, 32.
2) ability: “God comfort thy c.” LLL IV, 2, 44. “your c. is of that nature that to your huge store wise things seem foolish,” V, 2, 376. “this is evident to any formal c.” Tw. II, 5, 128. “of good c. and breeding,” III, 4, 204. “you that are old consider not the --ies of us that are young,” H4B I, 2, 197 (the first and second significations joined: what youth is able to do, and what it is able to hold or contain). “too subtle-potent . . . for the c. of my ruder powers,” Troil. III, 2, 26. “holding them, in human action and c., of no more soul than camels,” Cor. II, 1, 265. to my c. == in my opinion, Mids. V, 105. -- Sir Hugh uses the word for “capable,” Wiv. I, 1, 223.
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